The Justice Department on Thursday filed its latest response to Apple in the fight over iPhone encryption, calling the tech giant’s rhetoric in the San Bernardino, California, case “false” and “corrosive” of institutions that safeguard rights. The debate surrounds whether Apple should comply with a court order to help authorities unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters in last year’s San Bernardino attack, which left 14 people dead.

“Here, Apple deliberately raised technological barriers that now stand between a lawful warrant and an iPhone containing evidence related to the terrorist mass murder of 14 Americans. Apple alone can remove those barriers so that the FBI can search the phone, and it can do so without undue burden,” the DOJ wrote in the filing. READ MORE